Alleged attacker of 93-year-old ruled incompetent

By The Associated Press

ANDERSON — A judge has decided that a central Indiana teenager charged with sexually attacking a 93-year-old woman is incompetent to stand trial.

Madison Circuit Court Judge Thomas Newman issued the ruling after two mental health experts disagreed during a hearing Wednesday on whether the 17-year-old boy was mentally competent to assist in his own defense, The Herald Bulletin reported.

The teen faces burglary, criminal deviate conduct and other charges for the July 16 attack on Amelia Rudolf inside her Anderson home. He was arrested five weeks later.

The teen is being sent to a state psychiatric facility and will remain there until he is deemed competent to stand trial.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault. But Rudolf took her story public, participating in a police news conference after the teen’s arrest and giving interviews since then. She said she came forward because she wanted to help other victims of sexual assault. She said that she didn’t want to talk about the attack at first, but decided she wanted others to know that sex crimes can occur against anyone.

The doctors who examined the teen — Rebecca Mueller, of Greenfield, and Frank Krause, of Muncie — both told the judge that the teen is borderline mentally disabled.

Mueller said his learning disability didn’t prevent him from being competent for trial, saying he seemed to deny the charges against him. Krause disagreed, finding that the teen had the intelligence level of a 9- or 10-year-old.

The judge issued a gag order on those involved the case in August at the request of defense attorney Bryan Williams, citing the extensive news coverage.

A trial scheduled for November on the charges has been postponed indefinitely.




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